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HNB Assurance PLC Group Records GWP Growth of 22% Surpassing 1 BN in PAT

HNB Assurance PLC Group posted a Profit After Tax (PAT) of LKR 1.2 Bn for FY21. The Gross Written Premium (GWP) of the Group showcased an impressive growth of 22% recording LKR 12.6 Bn. Expressing her views on the Group’s performance, Chairperson of HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), Mrs. Rose Cooray stated, “HNB Assurance PLC Group had a solid fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 and ended the year posting impressive financial results. Our strong performance during the year positioned both businesses as dynamic, agile and innovative entities and I’m extremely pleased with the continued strength and growth of HNBA and HNBGI. It is noteworthy to mention that the Life Insurance Business showcased a growth of 29% and the General Insurance Business showcased a growth of 13% recording GWP of LKR 7.1 Bn and 5.6 Bn respectively and the Net Income and Interest and Dividend Income of the Group surpassed LKR 13.7 Bn and LKR 2.5 Bn respectively. Total Assets of the Group surpassed LKR 35.9 Bn during the year”. Mrs. Cooray continued, “These results are an outcome of the Group’s well-curated business strategies and well-focused Management practices. The Group’s financial performance is proof that both companies have navigated through a dynamic and challenging environment and will continue to do so. With the solidity depicted through these numbers, the Board is confident that the Group will further consolidate its strong footing in the market during 2022”. Speaking on the financial performance of HNB Assurance PLC, Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, Chief Executive Officer stated, “HNBA ended 2021 delivering impressive financial results and continued its growth momentum amidst a challenging economic backdrop. In reviewing the performance of the business, HNBA recorded a GWP of LKR 7.1 Bn during FY21, depicting a growth of 29% and the PAT of HNBA for the year surpassed LKR 1 Bn, showcasing a growth of 38%. As a result of our commitment of taking care of our Policyholders and delivering superlative returns, the Life Insurance Business settled Insurance Benefits and Claims amounting to LKR 1.6 Bn during the year. Reaffirming the strong financial footing of the business, the Life Insurance Fund surpassed LKR 20 Bn during the year. HNB Assurance is well geared to improve its resilience to face the on-going market and economic challenges and to provide a distinctive experience to customers as well as other stakeholders”. Mr. Wimalaratne continued, “Taking the winning spirit of the business to new heights, HNBA produced a record breaking 164 Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) qualifiers, including 05 Court of the Table (COT) and 02 Top of the Table (TOT) achievers in 2021. The Company received several awards and accolades during the year for its business excellence, service excellence and product excellence. Key amongst the accolades received were the Best Health Insurance Initiative of the Year Sri Lanka Award by Insurance Asia Awards, Best Bancasssurance Provider in Sri Lanka 2021 Award by Global Banking and Finance Review, The National Service Sector Silver Award and Top Ten Award for Industrial Excellence at CNCI Achiever Awards 2021. Demonstrating its commitment to gender balance and equality HNBA was recognized as One of Sri Lanka’s Top 10 Women Friendly Workplaces in Sri Lanka at Women Friendly Workplaces Awards 2021. This augurs well for the Company’s open culture where everyone has an equal chance to fulfil one’s dreams and aspirations.  I wish to reiterate that the business remains well-focused on what’s ahead and with agile business strategies in place, I’m confident that HNBA will continue to improve on its market share, profitability and drive towards the strategic vision set of the business”.  HNB General Insurance delivered a robust performance during FY21, recording notable results during the fiscal 2021. Sharing his views on the performance of HNBGI, Mr. Sithumina Jayasundara, Chief Executive Officer stated, “HNBGI recorded a GWP of LKR 5.6 Bn depicting a growth of 13% and recording a PAT of LKR 338 Mn. These results were recorded against a number of challenges presented by the continuation of a global pandemic. During the year, the business settled Insurance Benefits and Claims amounting to over LKR 2.5 Bn fulfilling its promise to its valued customers. From a segmental perspective, the Motor Insurance segment delivered an exceptional performance followed by Fire, Engineering and Marine Segments. During FY21, the General Insurance Contract Liabilities surpassed LKR 3.7 Bn”. Mr. Jayasundara further added, “HNBGI being an innovative and leading General Insurance service provider in the market has adapted a number of strategies to identify existing gaps in the market and to provide innovate and customer centric solutions to our customer-base. Facing several challenges caused due to adverse weather conditions and COVID-19 related challenges, the business has navigated through a volatile environment to record these impressive results. It is noteworthy to mention that during the year, HNBGI claimed a number of awards including the Motor Insurance Initiative of the Year - Sri Lanka 2021 by Insurance Asia Awards and the National Bronze Award for Industrial Excellence CNCI Achiever Awards 2021. In driving towards its ambitious targets and goals, the business has crafted short and and medium-term strategies for the year and the Management of HNBGI remains well-focused on expanding its operations, accelerating innovative technologies and improving execution to create a meaningful difference in the market”. HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) is one of the fastest growing Insurance Companies in Sri Lanka with a network of 63 branches. HNBA is a Life Insurance company with a rating of ‘A+’ (lka) by Fitch Ratings Lanka for 'National Insurer Financial Strength Rating'. Following the introduction of the segregation rules by the Insurance Regulator, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) was created and commenced its operations in January 2015; HNBGI continues to specialize in motor, non-motor and Takaful insurance solutions and is a fully owned subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC. HNB General Insurance has been assigned a 'National Insurer Financial Strength Rating' of ‘A+’ (lka) by Fitch Ratings Lanka Limited. HNBA is rated within the Top 100 brands and Top 100 companies in Sri Lanka by LMD and HNB Assurance has won international awards for Brand Excellence, Digital Marketing and HR Excellence including the Great Place To Work® Certification, and won many awards for its Annual Reports at award ceremonies organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

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HNBA Continues Dominance as Best Life Bancassurance Provider for Fourth Consecutive Year

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) has once again secured the prestigious title of "Best Life Bancassurance Provider in Sri Lanka" for the fourth consecutive year, recognized by the Global Banking and Finance Review. This award underscores HNBA's strong partnerships and commitment to excellence while maintaining its dominant position within the industry.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, Chief Executive Officer of HNBA, stating, “It is indeed an immense honor to be acknowledged as the Best Life Bancassurance provider in the country by the esteemed Global Banking and Finance Review - UK, marking our fourth consecutive win. This achievement truly is a testament to the dedication and collaboration of our teams, who continuously push boundaries, foster partnerships and redefine industry benchmarks."</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">He further emphasized the significance of HNBA's Partnership Channel in their business operations, “As we strive towards our goal to attain 10% market share the partnership channel has a crucial role to play. I’m extremely proud of our team for this achievement and I’m certain we will continue to push boundaries and reach even greater heights.”</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">"We're thrilled by HNBA's achievement of being the Best Life Bancassurance Provider in Sri Lanka for the fourth consecutive year and are committed to ensuring that our partnership grows even further. By leveraging our strengths as a Group, we are consistently exploring ways to keep delivering top-notch solutions to our customers. My congratulations to HNBA and all the teams involved in this impressive achievement", opined, Mr. Supun Dias, Assistant General Manager - Network Management at Hatton National Bank.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">Mr. Sanesh Fernando, Chief Business Officer – Partnerships at HNBA, reflected on the significance of this achievement, stating, “Without a doubt, this achievement stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts of the entire Partnership Team, for which I extend my deepest gratitude. A special mention goes out to the management of Hatton National Bank and all our other banking partners for their continued support.</span><span style="line-height:150%;mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="line-height:150%;">To receive this prestigious recognition for the fourth-year running is a clear indication of our relentless commitment to excellence and the efforts made by our team. I’m confident that moving forward, we as a team are committed to delivering exceptional value to our customers collectively contributing to the larger vision of HNBA.”</span></span><o:p></o:p></p>

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Mrs. Rose Cooray Inducted to the Hall of Fame at Great Manager Awards 2024

<p>At the prestigious Great Manager Awards 2024, Mrs. Rose Cooray, the Chairperson of HNB Assurance PLC and HNB General Insurance Limited, was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Mrs. Cooray, who assumed her role in 2015, has been instrumental in steering both companies to remarkable growth and success. Since taking on the mantle of Chairperson, Mrs. Cooray has spearheaded initiatives that have led to substantial financial achievements, embracing cutting-edge technological advancements, securing international acclaim and forming numerous synergies and partnerships that have laid a solid foundation for the future of both organizations. With over 47 years of extensive experience in the financial sector, including a distinguished career at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka where she served as Deputy Governor, Mrs. Cooray brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her leadership roles. Her tenure has been marked by astute decision-making, visionary leadership and a commitment to excellence. In recognition of Mrs. Cooray's outstanding contributions, Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, CEO of HNBA, remarked, "Mrs. Rose Cooray's induction into the Hall of Fame is well deserved and a testament to her exemplary leadership. I’m proud to state that under her guidance, HNB Assurance has achieved unprecedented growth and success, setting new benchmarks in the industry. Her visionary approach and strategic initiatives have been instrumental in positioning us for sustained excellence in the years to come. I’d like to extend my congratulations to Mrs. Cooray on this great achievement." “Mrs. Cooray's induction to the Great Manager Awards Hall of Fame is a fitting recognition” opined, Mr. Sithumina Jayasundara, CEO of HNBGI. “Personally, to me, what sets her leadership style apart is how she extends her influence and support way beyond boardroom discussions, making a conscious effort to hear every voice and inspire action. Her willingness to go above and beyond has certainly shaped how we operate as a company. At HNBGI we are extremely proud of her recognition and I’d like to congratulate Mrs. Cooray on her induction to the Hall of Fame”</p>

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HNB Assurance Strengthens Presence with Relocation of Branches in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">HNB Assurance PLC, is delighted to announce the relocation of its branches to prime locations in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya. These strategic moves reflect on the company's intention to enhancing accessibility and service delivery to customers in key regions across the island. Providing convenient access to its comprehensive range of insurance products and services, including protection, health, savings, retirement and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:150%;mso-spacerun:yes;"> </span><span style="line-height:150%;">MRP has contributed to the progress of the company, showcasing a 20% year on year growth continuously over the past three years.&nbsp;</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, CEO of HNBA, expressing his thoughts at the branch openings, stated, “The decision to relocate our branches in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya was driven by our strategic vision to position ourselves in key high-traffic areas, enabling us to foster deeper connections with our customers and offer tailored insurance solutions that safeguard what matters most to them. As we embark on this journey of growth, our branch network remains integral, serving as the bedrock to our customer-centric approach. I have full confidence that these new locations will not only amplify our presence but also elevate the level of service we provide to the local communities."</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">Mr. Harindra Ramasinghe, Chief Business Officer – Advisor Distribution Channel, emphasized the significance of the relocations in enhancing customer experience. "At HNB Assurance, we are constantly striving to exceed customer expectations and deliver exceptional value. Last year, we were honored for our pioneering Insurance Distribution initiative at the prestigious Emerging Asia Insurance Awards, a recognition which underscores our commitment not only to expansion but also for being innovative with our Distribution Strategy. The relocation of our branches in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya enables us to build closer relationships with our customers and provide them with unparalleled support and assistance. With a branch network of 69 branches and an advisor force in excess of 3500, the advisor distribution channel at HNBA has consistently displayed growth and innovation. I extend my heartfelt appreciation for the dedication and hard work of our teams and convey my best wishes for success to both branch teams.”</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">The Nugegoda branch is now located at 69, S da S Jayasingha Mawatha, Kohuwala, Nugegoda, while the Nuwara Eliya branch has been relocated to 31/1/1, Lowson Street, Nuwara Eliya.&nbsp;</span></span><o:p></o:p></p>

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